#313 – Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite! by Niki Masse Schoenfeldt


Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

by Niki Masse Schoenfeldt

John Wes Thomas, illustrator

Shenanigan Books

4 Stars

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Press Release:  One wintery eve a lady bug decides to come in from the cold and warm herself in a little girl’s bed.  The girl thinks the visitor is a bedbug and reaches for a can of bug spray, but the lady bug stands her ground and convinces her that not all bugs are bad.

I found the bug spray, aimed the can.

“My mom is right,” the bug began.

“She says it is so very sad

That humans think all bugs are bad.”


Mom tucks her little girl into bed and, while leaving says, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”  The little girl is startled, afraid a bed bug will bite her toes.  Mom explains the saying was how some people said good night a long time ago.  The explanation did nothing to ease the young girl’s mind.  When a ladybug decides to hibernate indoors in the warmth, the little girl jumps into bug spray mode.  The ladybug and the little girl go back and forth with their beliefs about each other until they reach an understanding along with a compromise.

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Not many kids may have heard the saying ‘don’t let the bed bugs bite’ and so might react in a similar manner as the little girl.  It is an odd saying to use for good night, but someone somewhere started this and it caught on, despite the fact that a bed bug biting is a nasty possibility.  It is understandable the little girl would put bug spray in her room, just in case.  I like that the ladybug called the girl on making assumptions and grabbing the bug spray.  Her mom believes all humans are bad and the little Layout 1girl thinks this about bugs.  Who is right?  Is anyone right?

Rhyming a picture book takes talent.  The author has done a great job, keeping the flow natural with a nice consistent beat.  The verses are easy to read aloud and parents worried about reading the book multiple times can relax.

The illustrations are adorable.  The ladybug wears pink bunny slippers, a pink bathrobe, and pink bows tied onto each of her probes (left out of the illustrations).  She is also holding a teddy bear, and looking sleepy.  The art looks like colored Layout 1pencil and ink pen lines to add highlight lines.  The artist gave the little girl expressive eyes and lips.

There is a lot of pink on every page, so I doubt little boys would enjoy this book much, but they might still like the story.  Young girls will love this book.  Not only does it look like a book made for girls, with all its shades of pink, the very cute ladybug will draw them into the story.  The little girl is nameless so she can be anyone, even the reader.

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite is a cute story about first impressions, false impressions, and the use of communication to work out differences to arrive at a compromise.  It may not be about a general appeal subject, yet it shows readers some very important life principles.  The ladybug did a good job making her case and developing the compromise.  I think the two will be storybook friends forever.


Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

by Niki Masse Schoenfeldt    author bio    blog    facebook    twitter
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Released October 1, 2012
ISBN:  978-1-934860-13-7
32 Pages
Ages: 4 to 8
Copyright © 2012 by Shenanigan Books, used with permission
Text:  Copyright © 2012 by Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
Illustrations:  Copyright © 2012 by John Wes Thomas





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5 thoughts on “#313 – Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite! by Niki Masse Schoenfeldt

  1. Compromise is an excellent story to teach either gender. In this case, the bug would be trying to convince Max not to stomp on it. He loves bug stomping! I can see how if the mother lady bug had met my son, she might be wary of humans 😉 thanks so much for adding this link to the KLBH!


  2. This sounds like a great book! I don’t know about bed bugs. They sound kind of like fleas! and ewww! fleas are no good! But ladybugs are! Around here the humans are inclined to save bugs. If they come in the house they get removed to outside. I’ll have to look for this book. thanks!


    • Many people simply remove the bugs and put them back outside. I am of the “ewwww, get that thing!” variety. I’d like to be the first kind of person, but my inner child gets terrified. Now, the cats like to play with them then have a little, very little treat. “Eww!” 😆


    • My cats, also serial bug killers, totally agree. My big boy alerted me to a huge wasp in the bathroom. The wasp took a swimming lesson and hasn’t be heard from since. 😀


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